Tapping Youth Participation to Strengthen Library Services

This course is not currently being offered as part of this year’s course schedule; however, for groups who have 20 or more individuals interested in taking the course, we can offer it exclusively to your organization!

Utilizing teen input in a respectful and practical manner is a challenge at any library, yet it has countless rewards. Through this YALSA e-course, participants will learn practical ways to work with teens to improve library services. Participants will learn the benefits of teen participation and engagement in the library, and will examine examples of youth participation in collection development, programming and planning of physical/virtual spaces. In addition, participants will learn methods of incorporating youth participation into the administrative levels in public libraries and school libraries and into the community.

Learning Outcomes

Students in this course will learn how to:

  • Build administrative support for a teen advisory board by identifying its importance and positive impact on the library facility.
  • Explore four areas where youth participation will enhance library services
  • Develop strategies to realistically address challenges and fears that arise with working with teen volunteers.
  • Evaluate the success of utilizing teen input and adjust services to reflect that input. 

Who Should Attend

  • Teen services librarians
  • Public library workers
  • School library workers
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and/or tweens



Amy Alessio is the Teen Coordinator at the Schaumburg Township District Library, and has worked with teens for the past 12 years.



With a group offering, all registrants, regardless of membership status, will receive the YALSA member rate.

Group offering without CEUs - $155 per person
Group offering with CEUs - $175 per person

How to Register

This course is currently available only as an organization-exclusive offering. For inquiries about how employees at your organization can participate in an offering exclusive to your group, please contact Program Officer, Continuing Education Nicole Gibby-Munguia at nmunguia@ala.org or 1-312-280-5293.

Payment is accepted via check, money order, purchase order or credit card. Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only.

Tech Requirements

This e-course is hosted through Moodle.


For organizations requesting an organization-exclusive offering of the course, an application for CEU credits may be filed upon request. This four-week course may be eligible for 1 CEU credit.


Contact Nicole Gibby-Munguia, YALSA's Program Officer, Continuing Education, at nmunguia@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.